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A sketch of the Pacific Tower parking lot TOD project showing lots of trees and greenery and the 160 apartment homes at the base of the distinctive orange brick Pacific Tower building in Beacon Hill. Image by Weber Thompson.

Seattle Public Utilities Is Exacting Impermissible Capital Improvement Fees

Project requirements suggest a pattern of double charging, which nearly sunk a 160-unit affordable housing project in Beacon Hill. Navigating the Seattle permitting system is...

Sunday Video: What Is This “Line” Thing Anyway?

With drone footage showing construction beginning on Saudi Arabia's half-trillion dollar megaproject called The Line, it's useful to ask what's going on in the...

Rainier Beach and Tukwila Link Stations to Close Saturday to Wednesday, plus Other Weekend...

Weekend construction will delay or reroute several busy transit lines including a Link light rail service interruption that will last into next week. Ongoing...
Peter Kirk Park with Kirkland Urban and construction in the background

Downtown and Rose Hill: Kirkland’s Corridor of Dense New Development

After Totem Lake, a neighborhood that is experiencing a spree of significant growth, the next notable constellation of new commercial and residential development in...
Village @ Totem Lake from Totem Lake Park

Totem Lake Shoulders Kirkland’s Transformation and Growth

Yet designing for cars continues to be a problem in the city's fastest growing neighborhood. When cataloging development in Kirkland, it's evident where the City...

Despite Slowdown Worries, 2021 Sets A Townhouse Production Record in Seattle

Last year, The Urbanist covered a Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) report suggesting that townhouse development in Seattle might be...

Chinatown and Transit Advocates Push for 4th Avenue Light Rail Station

As Sound Transit lays out 90 miles of new track, 57 new stations, and three new light rail lines over the next 20 years,...

Seattle Metro Apartment Production Jumps to 7th in Nation, as Industry Rebounds to 50-Year...

Rumors of a slowdown were averted, but how long can Seattle keep it up with its permitting maze and restrictive zoning unsolved? The pandemic has...